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The Anonymous God: The Church Confronts Civil Religion And American Society [Paperback]

By David L. Adams (Author)
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Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.84"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 22, 2005
Publisher   Arch Books
ISBN  0758608195  
EAN  9780758608192  

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This book examines American civil religion in the light of historic Christianity. Civil religion is a unifying nationalism that uses religious means and words to promote national values and patriotism. For example, our money says "In God We Trust." The pledge of allegiance reads "one nation under God." We sing "God Bless America." But who is this god? The triune God or the generic god of American civil religion? In The Anonymous God, you can explore historical, exegetical, and systematic analyses of the issues that surround civil religion through a series of essays by pastoral and scholarly leaders. What is civil religion's historic lineage? How did it clash with the early church? What is the god of civil religion and how does that entity compare to the God of Scripture? The Anonymous God helps readers consider complex issues related to the church with a depth and clarity not found elsewhere. Each essay informs readers using facts and solid research to help them understand American civil religion and its far-reaching implications for Christianity.

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- Expands readers' thinking about Christianity and the world
- Helps readers better understand American civil religion
- Essay collection brings together the insights of several scholars

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David L. Adams was born in 1955.

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Impressions  Sep 1, 2005
I can only add to rodboomboom's review that the collection of essays in this book are by some of the best qualified authors that I know. While published by a Lutheran (LCMS) publishing house (CPH - Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis), this is a book for anyone to better understand "Civil Religion" and its impact upon society / culture. We are increasingly becoming like the Greeks of St. Paul's day when they had a place for the "anonymous god" in case they missed one in the Pantheon.
Great Reader for Civil American Religion  Jul 20, 2005
To say anything against America with some Americans these days is blasphemy against their God. Thus, the power of civil religion.

This collection of essays on the topic is vital and well executed primer on the subject. It is complex topic, having developed over time but becoming more and more prominent in our midst, especially heightened by 9/11.

The thrust of this effort (and rightly so) is the deceit of many who claim name Christian are actually civil religionists. Followers of Christ have Him first, then if one chooses, country second. Even that would be Biblical suspect ranking. Many I believe don't realize this serious faith issue, having and being mislead by pastors and preachers who support their error.

This volume provides for many an intro to the discussion. For those who want more depth, it is here as well. There is excellent intros historically, Synodically (LCMS), and theologically, sociologically, etc.

For this reviewer, especially vibrate to chapters 5, 6 and 7, which respectively highlight theology of glory vs. theology of the cross; confession & Great commission; and new character of American civil religion.

This is worthy material to be read, pondered, discussed. Keep it coming, CPH. You do the church, world and yes, American civil religion a great blessing with this fine contribution.

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